Boonton Q-Meter 160-A
- United States of America (USA)
- Manufacturer / Brand
- Boonton Radio Corp.; Boonton, New Jersey
- Service- or Lab Equipment
- Radiomuseum.org ID
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- Number of Tubes
- Main principle
- something special ? Please give information (notes)
- Wave bands
- Wave Bands given in the notes.
- Power type and voltage
- Alternating Current supply (AC) / 115 Volt
- - - No sound reproduction output.
- Metal case
- from Radiomuseum.org
- Model: Boonton Q-Meter 160-A - Boonton Radio Corp.; Boonton,
- Tablemodel, slant panel.
The Boonton Q-Meter Type 160-A covers 50 kHz to 75 MHz with the internal oscillator, and 1 kHz to 50 kHz with an external oscillator. With the internal multipliers Qs from 0 to 625 can be measured, and special measurement techniques can measure capacitor Qs as high as 10,000. The basic accuracy is ±5%. Price in Boonton Catalog B from 1942 is $ 550.00. A very similar model for higher frequencies is the type 170-A, which covers 30 MHz to 200 MHz with the internal oscillator.
Direct predecessor is the Boonton Q-Meter 100A, the first Q-Meter at all and the first instrument of Boonton Radio Corp. The market introduction of the 100-A was May 1935 (see article in "Electronics" as picture here). Q-meters measure the quality factor of coils and other components used in electronic devices and had broad applications in the testing of components and systems. This type 160-A has replaced the 100-A in 1939 (may be 1940 or 1941). According to hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/histnfacts/museum/earlyinstruments/0010/index.html. the instrument was still in production when HP aquired Boonton in 1959, but we believe it was the follower, the 260-A. This HP page puts the Q-Meter Type 160-A to the year 1946 which is definitively wrong. See Boonton "The Notebook".
Boonton: The New Jersey-based Boonton Radio Corporation was founded in 1934 by W. D. Loughlin and several associates and was a manufacturer of electronic test instruments. The new firm concentrated its engineering skill on creating new measuring equipment for the still-young radio industry.
HP acquired Boonton in 1959 as a wholly-owned subsidiary. By then the firm had 150 employees and was a pioneer maker of precision instruments for measuring electrical circuit quality and checking aircraft guidance systems. In a year of phenomenal growth for HP (the company acquired three other firms in 1959), Boonton added to the HP family an old, well-established company with an excellent reputation in a field closely related to many HP products.
- Mentioned in
- Tube Testers and Classic Electronic Test Gear (page 119 about Q-Meters.)
- Model page created by Ernst Erb. See "Data change" for further contributors.
- Other Models
Here you find 20 models, 19 with images and 10 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.
All listed radios etc. from Boonton Radio Corp.; Boonton, New Jersey